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Let me please introduce myself (I couldn’t resist!): I’m homeless. I’m just back after spending 22 months in jail. And I’m working on my goals for the rest of my life. 

I’ve had to start all over. I had to get new everything: identification, birth certificate, Social Security card, and health insurance. I’m in transitional housing for 90 days. I had a housing voucher before I got locked up and I’m trying to get it back. At least I’m back on the list. 

One goal is getting a job so I can take care of my needs. I hope I get something permanent. Another is permanent housing, so I won’t be on the street doing the wrong things. I also am going to mental health counseling so I can stay focused on my plan.  

I’m tired of going to jail. I’m doing whatever it takes to finish my CSOSA (Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency) paperwork early so I can get my life back when my parole expires.  

I don’t know what the future holds. I do know I just want to stay positive, be successful, and enjoy my life. 

I also know this organization saved me. Without it, I would be in more trouble. With it, I can make money to put in my pocket. It’s good to be a Street Sense Media vendor!